Mehndi / Mehandi / Mehendi is a technique for drawing on the body (tattoos) which is an ancient body art. Mehndi is used to create an ethnic or contemporary designs are intricate and exotic patterns in various parts of the body.
Often referred to as Henna Mehndi, which is an ingredient of Mehndi itself is Lawsonia inermis.
Mehndi is traditionally applied to the hands and feet of women to prepare for a special ceremony. The material is completely natural (in Indonesia known as henna), non-permanent and painless. It's a nice alternative to replace the existing tattoo materials and harm the skin. This tattoo can last one to three weeks, depending on the skin. And the most prominent of these henna is reddish brown and have an attractive design
Because usually used for ceremonial, there are some symbols that have meaning are used as design. But not only for ceremonial, usually mehndi also be used for everyday life, because it is not permanent, the design can be alternated.
Henna leaves have also been used as a hair dye for thousands of years in North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Levant, and South Asia. Henna leaves have red-orange dye molecule, lawsone, which penetrates the skin and hair and bonds to the keratin. Henna hair dye blocks UV light so as not to damage the skin, strengthens hair so it does not fall off easily create a glossy and shiny, eliminating dandruff and ringworm, and kill the lice and their eggs. Allergic reactions to henna are very rare.